7 Ways To Enhance Circulation + Stay Warm This Winter

If cold weather is your catalyst for freezing feet and stiff legs, you’ll know all too well how difficult it can be to deal with poor circulation. Whilst layering up and wearing socks and slippers is indeed one of the many habits your grandparents would have nagged you to pick up, there are a fewContinue reading “7 Ways To Enhance Circulation + Stay Warm This Winter”

‘Vinyasa’: Life’s Moving Meditation

Technically, a ‘vinyasa’ can be any sequence performed with the breath; it isn’t restricted to the series of ‘chatturanga – upward facing dog – downward facing dog’, but this is indeed how we’ve lazily referred to these movements in the West for the past few decades. This is especially common ever since the whole PowerContinue reading “‘Vinyasa’: Life’s Moving Meditation”

Practice: Asana – Find Your Seat

When we think of the word ‘Asana’ these days, images of warrior poses, handstands, downward facing dogs and impressive backbends may spring to mind – after all, we know that the physical practice of Yoga, ‘asana’, is often the primary focus in 21st century classes. What is less well known however, is that the wordContinue reading “Practice: Asana – Find Your Seat”

Practice: Utkatasana / Fierce Pose / Chair Pose / Awkward Pose

Utkata = ‘wild’, ‘frightening’, ‘fierce’, ‘furious’         Asana = ‘Posture’ Also known as ‘fierce pose’, ‘awkward pose’, ‘wild pose’, and now commonly referred to as ‘chair pose’; utkatasana is part of the traditional surya namaskar B sequence, used in Ashtanga and many other styles of vinyasa and dynamic yoga sequences. Helping toContinue reading “Practice: Utkatasana / Fierce Pose / Chair Pose / Awkward Pose”

Practice: Marichyasana A / Pose Dedicated To The Sage Marichi

Marichi = ‘Ray of light’ (of the sun or moon)     Asana = Posture This posture is ‘dedicated to the sage Marichi’, son of Brahma the creator. ‘Tightness’ within the body isn’t necessarily a problem, in fact it’s usually the overly flexible people that are more prone to injury. When we’re looking at becomingContinue reading “Practice: Marichyasana A / Pose Dedicated To The Sage Marichi”

Saluting the Sun – Surya Namaskar A

Surya = ‘sun’ Namaskar = ‘Salutation’ from the word namas, meaning ‘to bow’   If you’re new to yoga, the sun salutation sequence is likely to be one of the first sequences you’ll learn – depending upon the style of yoga you choose to practice of course. If you’ve already been practicing for a longContinue reading “Saluting the Sun – Surya Namaskar A”

Practice: Kurmasana (Tortoise Pose)

Kurmasana, or ‘tortoise pose’, carries with it that sense of inward focus, much like a tortoise drawing in to it’s shell. When we begin to focus more on what’s going on inside, we deepen our yoga practice and learn to cultivate ‘pratyahara’ or ‘sense withdrawal’, one of the eight limbs of yoga, laid out inContinue reading “Practice: Kurmasana (Tortoise Pose)”

Good Morning! The benefits of an every-day practice

So why oh why do lots of us get up in the early hours of the morning, maybe only a few hours after some people have even gone to bed, to practice yoga? It takes commitment, and when the mornings are dark you’ll need a dose of willpower too – but it’s all worth it….Continue reading “Good Morning! The benefits of an every-day practice”

Practice: Astavakrasana (Eight-Angled Pose)

Ashta = ‘Eight’ Vakra = ‘Bent / Curved’ Asana = ‘Pose’   Possibly in some people’s ‘crazy arm balance’ category, Astavakrasana takes patience and practice. It’s often something which people decide they ‘can’t do’ before they even try….. While it may look a little complicated, Astavakrasana is easier than it may first seem if youContinue reading “Practice: Astavakrasana (Eight-Angled Pose)”

Practice: Utpluthih (Tolasana / Scales pose)

Familiar to those who practice the Ashtanga sequence; Utpluthih or Tolasana builds upper body and core strength dramatically, but it also requires this strength to be able to hold the position. Utpluthih brings about an awareness of how much strength, discipline and balance is needed for other arm balancing poses, as well as cultivating focus.Continue reading “Practice: Utpluthih (Tolasana / Scales pose)”